St Cross Electronics
Mono Championship MonoMoto, 1600,1800,
(1) this report is a bit late. Trench foot really takes it out of you.
With the circuit pretty well soaked and a big pool on the apex of Old Hall we were well briefed by the CoC to take care in very difficult circumstances. The circuit was at least predictable and consistently low grip rather than the treacherous/Swarfega feel of some circuits, which probably led to few incidents. One feature which was clear to me was that we quite rightly talk about rain lights (and we hope to have an in depth article about them in the coming months) but there is the little mentioned visibility issue of rear view in the wet. Whenever I looked in my mirrors I could see nothing, at all. Which isn't surprising as Mr Avon's finest are there in sharp focus doing their best to throw gallons of water into the air. So the first I saw of several passing cars was when they were alongside. Fortunately (for me and the overtakers, for all of whom I have real respect) I had no cause to move during these unknown overtakes.
The grid was spread out to say the least. Jason Timms was pretty stunning on a 2.09, Craig Hurran a full 2 seconds behind and Jeremy Timms in the 2.13's. Paul Britten led the 1800's with a very respectable 2.13, though (a) he always looks good in the wet (b) he would have led 1800 anyway as they've all run away and hidden, leaving just Paul.
Eddie Guest led 1600, while normal front runner Andrew Colebrook spun into the barrier at Clay Hill, ending up partly across the track. There was no alternative to a red flag for this incident in the conditions, so the session was split. TFR worked their usual magic to get the car back together for the race. Dave Parkinson also had problems with brake issues, later resolved by Eddie Guest. Tony Cotton finished practice but withdrew with a loose rear hub. Johann Spiteri (Jedi) was a new name to me, driving a Jedi, so hello Johann and we hope top see you in better weather.
Jeremy Timms had a good start to lead Cousin Jason away, and at the end of lap 1 they really looked to be in a different race, both Speads looking far steadier than most other cars. Jason managed to leap ahead on lap 2 and built it up to finish 11 seconds ahead. Dan Clowes filled the third step, but with a 40 second gap between Jason and Dan, and a further 50 to Kevin Waring it wasn't nailbiting racing - but it was hugely impressive that there didn't seem to be any incidents with the only non-finisher being Christian Parker's Seward (welcome back...), which was remedied for race 2. Geoff Fern had a first lap problem which droipped him down the order, and his was one of the few overtaking sessions of the day, moving up to 7th overall, joining team-mate Andrew Colebrooke who rose as high as 7th (8th at the finish, leading 1600) on lap one. Paul Britten drove a smooth race to be the first of our champiuons, taking an unassailable 1800 lead.
The lack of overtaking was explained by Dave Parkinson - "Every time I got a bit closer to Eddie, I couldn't see a thing, the spray was too bad." A salutory comment since it looked ok from outside, you just can't judge unless you're there.
The chart shows how Jason Timms led the second race, shadowed for 3 laps by Jeremy. Jeremy then fell into the clutches of the closely fought Moto group until he and Craig Hurran had a difficult last lap.Paul Britten and Andrew Colebrooke had imperious victores, Geoff Cowell and Eddie Guest ran closely together, while Johann Spiteri got into his stride after some time lost in his first lap incident.
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Paul Britten passes Geoff Cowell
Race 2 and Johann Spiteri has a directional issue
A tight line for Jeremy Timms
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